The University's mission statement reads, "The University is committed to the development of each student to become a productive and responsible citizen." For many students, this citizenship means donating their time to others through community service activities.
Seventy percent of all students at UT participate in community service activities prior to their graduation. Each year, approximately 100,000 hours are volunteered by students, faculty and staff at more than 200 local organizations. The PEACE (People Exploring Active Community Experiences) Volunteer Center records these hours for students. Students may also record their activities on a co-curricular transcript, which can be sent to prospective employers and graduate schools in addition to academic transcripts and credentials.
A significant number of UT students join the U.S. Peace Corps. UT graduates have served in the East Caribbean, Kyrgyz Republic, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Belize, Morocco and China.
UT's mission and tradition of community service does not go unrecognized. Recent awards include a Seniors in Service Award, a Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful Award and Florida Campus Compact's Graham-Frey Civic Award. For three years in a row, UT was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for distinguished community service, one of the highest recognitions a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.
Many UT fraternities and sororities also sponsor philanthropic activities to raise awareness and money for different causes.
Best Buddies creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships by matching student volunteers with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Diplomats strive to recruit positive members with diverse backgrounds and motivate them to develop into productive and responsible citizens, leaders and role models.
Relay for Life
Relay for Life is committed to helping people get well, stay well, find cures and fight back against cancer. The group fundraises to provide the American Cancer Society with money for its groundbreaking research and the many community programs it offers for cancer patients and their families
Roots & Shoots
Roots & Shoots is dedicated to green sustainable practices and conservation in the community through projects that target one of three areas: the UT and local Tampa Bay community, animals and the environment.
She's the First
She’s the First sponsors girls’ education in developing nations, giving them the opportunity to be the first in their families to graduate from secondary school. This is achieved by connecting sponsors and scholars to foster mentorship, philanthropy, equality and leadership.
St. Jude Up 'til Dawn
St. Jude Up ’til Dawn is a nationwide, student-led, student-run, philanthropic program in which college students raise funds for and awareness of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This all night event is combined of student-led teams of six, which fundraise ($100 per student or $600 per team to enter the all-night event) for the kids at St. Jude.
Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)
SEAC is a group of students committed to making a difference in the environment of the University and community through community service, campus campaigns and weekly meetings.
UNICEF at UT
The purpose of this organization is to organize students for the survival, protection and development of children worldwide through education, advocacy and fundraising.